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General Information

MakeICT's metal shop is broken up into 2 areas, a cold shop and a hot shop. The hot shop features welding equipment and plasma cutting equipment as well as sand blasting and powder coating. While the cold shop centers around machining operations including lathes and milling machines.

You are expected to clean up after yourself. Failure to clean up your own mess will lead to being banned from use of metal shop tools and equipment.

Spray paint of any type is prohibited in the Metal shop.

Metal Shop Lead

Larry Meeks

Metal Shop Assistant leads

Rustin Atkeisson

John Miranda

Jimmy Tennant

Steve McHugh

Contacting leads

To get in touch with Metalshop leadership, email , or to get a hold of Larry directly at


Machine Access Policy

  • Use of the Metal Shop requires attendance in the area-specific safety class. Completion of the safety class will grant access to the area and use of the basic tools.
  • Advanced tools require demonstration of safe and correct operation to an approved authorizer, as listed on the Wiki, or attendance in an instructional class. These tools are: Welders, Plasma Cutter, Forge, Lathes, Manual Mill, CNC Plasma, Powder coating equipment, Oxy / Acetylene torch, and the Tormach CNC Mill.

Approved by the board on January 18, 2018

Personal Metal Storage Policy

Please be aware that any personal metal stored in the metal shop must be labeled with your name and a current date. Any metal without a label or with a date older than 30 days will be used for classes or be sorted by the area leads and either given away to members or disposed of. You are allowed to store your metal for longer than 30 days however the label must be updated to current at least every 30 days.

The metal shop is not liable for any supplies left in the space.

General Shop Safety

  1. Do not use any equipment you are not comfortable using. If at any time you are unsure of what you are doing, stop immediately and ask for help.
  2. Do not use any machine that is not in good working order. uUnplug The equipment, leave a note on the machine and notify the metalshop Lead-
  3. Always check tools prior to use.
  4. Wear safety glasses at all times when tools are in use in the shop area.
  5. Ear protection is recommended
  6. No open-toed shoes or loose clothing
  7. Remove objects on hands and wrists
  8. Remove dangly necklaces and earrings
  9. Restrain long hair to prevent entanglement
  10. Do not leave machines running unattended.
  11. Never talk to or disturb anyone operating power tools, forge or welding equipment. If you must talk to an operator wait until the operator finishes the operation.
  12. Be aware of the work going on around you.
  13. Wear proper PPE (personal protective equipment) Safety glasses welding sleeves, grinding shields etc.
  14. Unplug/turn off the air compressor when not in use
  15. Make sure all windows and doors are shut before leaving

Metalshop Safety

  1. You are responsible for cleaning your machines, your work space, and putting all tools away after use. Scrap metal should be placed in designated locations. Use vacuums or hand brushes to clean machinery.
  2. Users who consistently fail in their clean-up responsibilities may be denied shop access.
  3. Make sure machines are in the “off” position and motion has stopped, before leaving them after use.
  4. Make sure all gas cylinders are in the off position while not in use.
  5. All safety guards must be kept in place while operating equipment. If a guard or safety device is an impediment to safe operation of a machine - ask for help.
  6. Use equipment only for its intended use.
  7. If you have made an adjustment to a piece of equipment, return it to its normal position after you are done.
  8. All guests are the responsibility of the member. Guests are NOT allowed to use equipment. Children under 8 years old are not allowed for safety.

Machine shop Specific Safety

  1. This includes all mills and lathes in the metalshop.
  2. Lead authorized certification is required to operate this equipment. This can be as easy as showing the Lead or peer the proper use of said equipment and describing experience.
  3. Due to the high level of technical understanding and cost of the Tormach CNC mill, extensive training will be required before use.

Welding shop Specific Safety

  1. Use the proper face shield when grinding and a welding helmet when welding.
  2. Closed-toed shoes.
  3. Wear the appropriate glove while welding.
  4. We suggest you wear ear protection to prevent sparks from entering your ear canal.
  5. NEVER weld on or near anything that's been cleaned with a chlorinated hydrocarbon like brake-cleaner. When combined with UV light, chlorinated hydrocarbons can create phosgene gas, which can cause serious injury or death. Ventilation will not prevent poisoning.
  6. No galvanized (zinc plated) material should be welded without removal of the galvanized coating near the weld zone to protect from poison gas release.


  1. Make sure the hot work area is free from all flammable materials such as flammable liquids, paper, etc. Do not wear clothing or gloves that have been exposed to flammable liquids.


  1. Welded metal will remain hot for several minutes after it is welded.
  2. Burn kit is in the big orange medical bag in the cold shop.

UV Burns

  1. The light emitted from a weld arc is brighter than the sun. Do not look at the arc without wearing a full-faced welding mask with a shade 9 or darker filter plate.

Compressed Gas Cylinders

  1. Argon and CO2 are inert, nontoxic gases normally present in the atmosphere. However, if allowed to fill an enclosed area these gases can fully displace breathable air, causing asphyxiation and death. Greater potential danger is the valve being knocked off the cylinder, turning it into a rocket powerful enough to severely injure or kill people and damage equipment and the building itself.
  2. The following guidelines must be followed at all times:
    • Storing
      • Cylinders must ALWAYS remain upright and NEVER be placed horizontally.
      • Cylinders must be secured with a non-combustible material (metal) to an immovable object to prevent them from falling.
    • Moving
      • Cylinders must be securely capped.

Equipment List

Picture What Manufacturer Model Status Expert Authorizers How To Power Requirements
Tormach PCNC 1100 Series3.jpg 4 Axis 34" x 9.5" Tormach CNC Mill Tormach PCNC 1100 Working Curt Gridley Curt Gridley
Jason Bailey
Cnc plasma table.jpg 3 Axis 48" x 48"

CNC Plasma Cutter

MakeICT N/A Working Curt Gridley
Anatomy of Logan Lathe.png 12"x 35" Metal Gear Head Lathe Logan-Powermatic 2557TH Working Joe Groom
Joe Groom
How To Video
Craftsman lathe.jpg 12" Metal Lathe Craftsman 101.28990 Working Joe Groom
Joe Groom
Mill drill.jpg 8"x29" Manual Mill Enco GL-30B Working manual
Miller211.jpg MIG Autoset Welder Miller Millermatic 211 Autoset Working manual
HotMax123.jpg MIG Welder Hot Max 135WFG 135 Amp Working
Hypertherm 65.jpg CNC Plasma Table Cutter Hypertherm Powermax 65 Working manual
Hypertherm30XP.jpg Plasma Cutter Hypertherm 30 XP Working manual
WELDING HELMET.jpg Welding Helmet Chicago Electric 91214 Working manual
Ingersoll Compressor.jpg 5HP 60 gal Compressor Ingersoll Rand SS5L5 Operational
Blast cabinet.jpg Abrasive Blast Cabinet Central Pneumatic 62144 Working manual
DWE402G.jpg 4-1/2” Paddle Angle Grinder DeWalt DWE402G Working manual
Tumbler.jpg 18 Lb Vibratory Tumbler Chicago Electric 96923 Working manual
SHEAR-BRAKE-ROLLER.jpg Combo Shear/Brake/Roller Central Machinery 5907 Working manual
BandsawG0561.jpg Horizontal Metal Cutting Band Saw Grizzly G0561 Working manual
BANDFILE.jpg 1/2" Bandfile Belt Sander Chicago Electric 92158 Working manual
BAR AND ROD BENDER.jpg Bar and Rod Bender Central Machinery 38471 To Setup manual
Tube roller.jpg Tubing Roller Pittsburgh 99736 Setup manual
Lift Table.jpg 1000lb Hydraulic Lift Table Central Machinery 1000 lbs, 34" max height Setup manual
ANVIL.jpg Anvil Trenton Made in 1900 Setup
Deckel KF2.jpg Copy Mill Deckel Made in 1956 Setup Manual (75MB)

MetalShop Classes

Safety Class

  • This is a free course for members
  • This class covers the basic safety knowledge to allow members to use the basic metal working tools and grants access to the basic equipment.
  • It does NOT teach members how to properly use these tools.
  • It does NOT unlock machining tools, Tormach, mill or lathe.
  • It does NOT unlock Forge or smelting equipment.
  • It does not unlock the welders or Plasma cutter.

MIG Welding Class

  • Never welded before? Want to improve your welding abilities? Here you go!
  • Class starts with some short videos and some classroom time, then moves out to the metal shop for an equipment overview and demonstration. After that, every person will have a chance to do some welding with an experienced welder coaching you. There will be a fee for this class. Please wear appropriate footwear and long sleeve shirt.

Plasma Cutting Class

  • There will be a fee for this class.
  • Short class time to learn some basics
  • This class will cover cutting steel with the plasma cutter and what settings to use for what thickness of metal. Proper tip selection and changing. It will also have a hands on session where everyone will get a chance to use the cutter on different thickness materials. Please wear appropriate footwear and long sleeve shirt.

Tig Welding Class

  • There will be a fee for this class.
  • Small class size gives more one on one time to learn and practice welds.
  • Class will cover safety, overview of Tig welder, Demonstration of both Aluminum and Steel welding, and provide each participant the opportunity to weld both types.

Spot Welding

  • Class is contingent upon getting the REX spot welder wired up and running
  • There will be a fee for this class

Milling Class

  • Basic use and processes are covered in the milling basics class
  • Advanced classes that include the use of dividing heads are being researched
  • There will be a fee for both classes

Copy Mill Class

  • Class is contingent upon getting the Deckel Duplicator mill setup
  • There will be a fee for both classes

Lathe Class

  • Basic use and processes are covered in the lathe basics class
  • There will be a fee for this class

Powder Coating Class

  • Covers the basic process of powder coating and baking of a small part
  • There will be a fee for this class

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Bicycle Maintenance

  • We are currently looking for an instructor for this class, if you are interested in teaching this class contact the metalshop Lead

Basic Forge Techniques

  • We are currently looking for an instructor for this class, if you are interested in teaching this class contact the metalshop Lead
  • This may turn into a committee with enough interest

MetalShop Maintenance

MetalShop Maintenance

MetalShop Wish List

A list of equipment or tools that the metalshop would like to obtain. If you would like to donate one of these tools please contact the Metalshop Lead before dropping the tools or equipment off.

  1. English wheel : Grizzly T25101 - Benchtop English Wheel
  2. Shear :
  3. Brake :
  4. Finger brake :
  5. Spot welder :
  6. Iron worker : 50 ton ?
  7. Large manual mill with digital read out :
  8. Metal ring roller :
  9. Tubing bender with hydraulics :
  10. 2nd miller 211 welder :
  11. Cnc lathe :
  12. Sheet metal punch :
  13. Power hammer blacksmith :
  14. Paint booth : Would need larger building for this
  15. Hearing protection : over the ear or in the ear
  16. Welding wire and consumables :
  17. Garage door for hot shop
  18. Few more forges and anvils :
  19. Swage blocks and tongs for blacksmith :
  20. Welding gear: welding sleeves, leather aprons, etc.